our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Impact-Driven Philanthropy. We also make a limited number of community grants and grants for special projects. Proposals are by invitation only. We make the majority of our grants to organizations we have identified. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. 

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code. Public organizations designated under section 170(c) of the Code are also eligible. The Raikes Foundation does not make grants to individuals or to organizations outside the United States. 

The Raikes Foundation does not fund: individuals; organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin or citizenship, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief; or religious purposes unless grant activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Even if our grants and strategies don’t fully succeed, we only fail if we don’t learn.

– Jeff Raikes

List of Grants

Organization Requests Award Date Amount Strategy
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 CHANGE Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship 08/02/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media General Operating Support (KCTS 9) 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI - 2019
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 05/24/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/24/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 05/17/19 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Grand Valley State University Donor Journeys Initiative Sponsorship 04/05/19 $10,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
National Equity Project General Operating Support 04/05/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving